[language] Parts of speech confusion
O mighty LJ brain, hear my plea. I have confused myself anent matters grammatical.
There’s a construction in English whereby nouns convert to adjectives through being modified with an /-ed/ affix, as if they were verbs being conjugated into the simple past. For example:
Most of the examples I can think of are related to body parts or clothing, but not all of them. Some examples can be explained as verb forms (“strait jacketed”), but, for example, I can’t make “lop eared” be a verb in my head.
Why are we conjugating nouns into adjectives? Can someone give me the remedial grammar 101 on this?
Posted: 3:32 am Tue August 19 2008 |